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Part 6

A Biblical positive attitude helps us with everything when God is put first

What does a positive attitude look like for Christians?

The next leg of our study on the power of positive thinking from a Biblical perspective takes us into just what a positive attitude looks like for Christians.

Again, we have to remember we've turned everything upside down. Studying concepts like The Secret and Pyschocybernetics or following what's called 'The Prosperity Gospel” (preachers who take the Bible out of context to make it sound like God will give us wealth, health and fame if we just have enough faith) contradict who God is. It makes everything we do about us and what God will do for us instead of the other way around. God did everything for us by giving us Jesus and a path to a perfect and eternal life in Heaven. Somehow, we find ourselves wanting more from God here and now, overlooking just how selfish that is.

Yet the Bible is clear on what we're supposed to do—follow God's plan for our lives which includes sharing who Jesus is with others and looking out for one another. None of it is about ourselves.  Peter makes this clear.

1 Peter 1:12  13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

It can take a minute to understand all this but what Peter is saying is pretty direct.

Prepare our minds for action—The mental power we try to harness toward winning a bull riding is meant to be put toward following God's direction for our lives or as Peter says at the end of this section, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” Pursing self instead of God is not pursuing holiness.

 Being sober-minded—Sorry guys, but as much as some of you want to justify using pot because it makes you feel good, just like drunkenness or allowing our anger, negativity and emotions to get the best of us, we're supposed to keep our mind clear. That helps us focus on God and the indirect benefit for us is that it also keeps our head clear in all situations including rodeo and bull riding.

Putting our hope on grace and Jesus—We're not supposed to be focused on worldly achievements but on Christ and what He did for us through his death on the cross.

Don't be conformed to the passions of our former ignorance—Before we were saved, we were consumed by our sin. We knew right from wrong based on our own moral compass or the world around us, but we were led by our own selfish pursuits whether it be drugs and alcohol or sex for the temporary pleasure it gives us or whatever we were following that wasn't of God. Stop pursuing sin and start pursuing God.

We're called to be holy in all our conduct—Do what's right. The rest falls into place.

Peter gives us some clear teaching on what a positive attitude looks like when it's focused on Christ. The purpose is to keep us following God, not our own sinful desires (anything we put before God).

 When we adopt this way of thinking, a Biblical one, we are no longer doing everything our way and trying to make God fit our plans, but following His plans for our lives. The indirect benefit is that we actually end up with a positive attitude that affects everything we do and everyone around us.

What you might feel negative about:

It’s hard to see pursuing achievements or success as selfish when we put them before following God.

The new ‘positives’ to take away:

When we do put God first and follow Scripture, as we become more Christ-like, we develop a positive attitude that affects how we approach our lives. God first, but we still see the benefits of Biblical positivity.